Most people around the gun world have probably heard about the Beretta Px4 Storm line of pistols, the polymer framed handguns from Beretta in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. When the Storm was first released in the States a couple of years back, the only action configurations available were the DA/SA and DAO actions, neither of which really blows my skirt up. However, all of a sudden, I’m seeing the Px4 Storm “C” configuration is suddenly available, which does interest me. The Storm “C” model is described by Beretta as “Constant Action”. From the February ’09 issue of American Handgunner, Mas Ayoob describes the “C” model as follows:
The fourth option, the Px4C, is a new thing for Beretta. The “C” stands for “Constant Action.” Having seen the overwhelming popularity of the light-stroke double action only (DAO) trigger systems of Sig Sauer (DAK) and Heckler & Koch (LEM), Beretta wisely chose to come up with their own. The Constant Action gives the Px4C only one trigger pull. Shot to shot, it is relatively light and not terribly long, the pull length measuring a very manageable 0.472″.
Now, this is part where a lesser man would make a joke about welcoming Beretta to 1985 in having finally produced a striker fired/polymer framed handgun, but I’ll refrain. Besides, unlike Ruger’s entry into the field, the Px4 Storm doesn’t have a magazine disconnect safety, and is actually pretty customizable. From the factory, the gun comes with the interchangeable backstrap, but (for the gamers out there) you can also change the mag release button to get a much larger one, or an extended mag release. This is great for people who are thinking about running a Storm in IDPA Stock Service Pistol or USPSA Production division – the extended magazine release will make those fast mag changes just a little bit faster.
On the “C” model (pictured above) the gun is lacking in a safety or decocking mechanism on the slide – one less thing to catch on your clothes if you’re trying to draw the weapon. Plus, the rear sight is dovetailed in to the slide, which means you can replace it with a Novak or Trijicon with relative ease. The Px4 Storm Model C retails for $600.00, according to Davidsons, which puts it right in that “butter-zone” of pricing to be competitive with the Glock and Springfield XD.